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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – The sole Blériot VII, a French expemimental monoplane and the first modern configurated airplane in which Louis Blériot made successful turns, is destroyed on landing.

1922 – Birth of Mariâ Ivanovna Dolina, Soviet World WarII bomber pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union.

1939 – The Royal Air Force abandons daylight raids on Germany after a raid by Vickers Wellingtons takes heavy losses.

1940 – First flight of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver (shown), an American carrier-based dive bomber produced for the U.S Navy during World War II.

1959 – Death of Gerald Joseph Constable Maxwell, Scottish World War I fighter ace who served as station commander at RAF Ford during World War II.

2003 – FedEx Express Flight 647, a McDonnell Douglas MD-10, veers off the runway upon landing after a landing gear collapse and catches fire at Memphis International Airport; two crew members and five passengers escape with only minor injuries.

Updated: December 18, 2015 — 12:40 PM

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